Mercury Computer Systems has announced the results of a study that says the 3G mobile world could save huge amounts of money using its technology. Base stations deploying Mercury’s software could offer substantial performance and cost saving benefits to operators and infrastructure firms.
The study, carried out by PA Consulting, examines the impact of Mercury’s multi-user detection (MUD) algorithms on the capacity, coverage and hardware expenditure required to build 3G wireless networks.
PA found that the system could improve capacity by up to 50% capacity, and boost coverage area by 70%. Therefore, companies will need few base stations, reducing capital expenditure by a possible 40%. This could bring savings of several billion dollars in Europe alone. Annual savings will also be gained in 3G network operational expenses.
Mercury is hoping that the substantial savings offered will generate intense interest. It has indicated that MUD could be deployed in the next release of 3G base stations.